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Tsatsiki with a slice of bread

Tsatsiki ( Greek τζατζίκι tzatzíki , dzaˈdzikʲi , Turkish Cacık , German also Zaziki ) is a starter of Greek cuisine made from Greek yogurt (with 10% fat), cucumber , olive oil and garlic .

Greek yoghurt is used for the preparation , which has a more intense taste and a higher fat content than yoghurt commonly used in Germany. The cucumber is peeled, pitted and then grated . Usually it is salted to remove more water, left for a while and then squeezed out.

Then yogurt, olive oil and cucumber are mixed together and seasoned with crushed garlic, salt, pepper and vinegar. Finally, depending on your needs, garnish with finely chopped mint, dill and / or olives.

Tsatsiki is served as a typical cold starter with bread and is part of the mezedes (starter plate). It is often served with meat dishes such as gyros or souvlaki .

Similar recipes are already known from ancient Mesopotamia . In addition to the Turkish Cacık , the Albanian Taratoi , the Bulgarian Tarator , the Persian Mast o khiar and the Indian Kheere ka Raita ( Raita with cucumber) are related. Tsatsiki, however, is made from drained yoghurt and therefore has a firmer, quark-like consistency.

In Germany, Tsatsiki was first popular in the 1970s for the emerging Greek gastronomy. Since around the turn of the millennium, Tsatsiki has been part of the regular range of goods in local-German supermarkets.


  • Marianthi Milona (author); Werner Stapelfeldt (Ed.): Greece. Greek specialties. Könemann Verlag, Cologne 2001, ISBN 3-8290-7422-0 , p. 27.

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Individual evidence

  1. Γεώργιος Μπαμπινιώτης (Georgios Babiniotis): Λεξικό της Νέας Ελληνικής Γλώσσας (Lexicon of the Modern Greek Language) . Β 'Έκδοση edition. Κέντρο Λεξικολογίας, 2005, ISBN 960-86190-1-7 , p. 1761 .
  2. Greek yoghurt: Firm and flavorful , , August 20, 2014